The Hippo


Jul 23, 2019








Enchanted Forest. Courtesy photo.

Want More fun with nature?

Can’t get enough of the outdoors? New Hampshire Audubon and Amoskeag Fishways have you covered. Learn the art of catching dragonflies at a dragonfly workshop at the Massabesic Audubon Center on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Audubon Center will also be presenting its annual gathering and meeting on Saturday, Sept. 17, that promises a fun-filled day of exploration and learning. Enjoy the foliage and learn how nature prepares for winter during a fall nature walk with an Audubon naturalist that begins at the Center on Saturday, Oct. 8. Learn about deer and moose, two of New Hampshire’s largest and most abundant animals, at a who’s “hooved” in New Hampshire event at the Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center on Friday, Oct. 14. And learn all about bats at a special “going batty” presentation and demonstration on Friday, Oct. 28, also hosted by Amoskeag Fishways.

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51. Amoskeag Fishways will host a special duck-themed event on Friday, Sept. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at their Learning and Visitors Center (4 Fletcher St., Manchester). At Just Ducky!, get a close look at duck feathers, learn and try out some duck calls, and make a duck-themed craft project to take home. The cost for this program is $8 per family and registration is required. Call 626-3474 or visit to register and for more information.

52. Join the McLane Audubon Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord) in welcoming naturalists from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center for a special presentation on nocturnal animals. At this Creatures of the Night event on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., meet three live animals — a porcupine, a bat, and a special surprise to be unveiled. Learn from the naturalists about the details of these animals’ adaptations, which make them well-suited for night life. They will also explain how the animals escape predators and find food in the dark. This presentation is appropriate for the whole family. The cost is $9, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Call 224-9909, ext. 313, or visit for more details.
53. Join Amoskeag Fishways for their annual River Bug Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to discover the many species of insects that live underwater in the Merrimack River. The event will include several aquatic insect crafts, games and the exploration and identification of the underwater critters at the Fishways' Learning and Visitors Center (4 Fletcher St., Manchester). Observe the insects up close and learn how to identify them using the brand new “Creek Critters” app, which is available for download on your smartphone or tablet. Festival-goers will get to vote for their favorite river bug for entry to win in the “Most Loved Bug” category of 2016. Tickets are $3 per person or $6 per family, and no registration is required. Call 626-3474 or visit for more details.
54. Grab your binoculars for a special send-off on Sunday, Sept. 25: the release of a rehabilitated migratory bird of prey. The annual Raptor Festival and Release is timed to coincide with peak hawk migration and will include festivities all day long starting at 9 a.m. at Carter Hill Orchard (73 Carter Hill Road, Concord) in celebration of International Hawk Migration Week. It all leads up to the release time of 4 p.m., so be sure to arrive well in advance to ensure a parking spot and have time for post-release festivities. Admission is free. Rain or fog may cancel the hawk release, so be sure to check New Hampshire Audubon's Facebook page at for updates. Call 224-9909, ext. 334, or visit or for more details.
55. We all know that black bears and other bears can be found all over the Granite State, but how much do you really know about them? At Amoskeag Fishways' Bear Necessities event at the Learning and Visitors Center (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) on Friday, Sept. 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., learn everything about what these large mammals need to survive, as well as how to encourage wild bears and humans to be “respectful neighbors” to one another. Tickets are $8 per family and this workshop requires advance registration. Call 626-3474 or visit for more information.
56. Ever wonder where bogs come from and how they came to be the natural ecosystems they are? At the McLane Audubon Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord) on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. ecologist and researcher Dr. Ronald Davis will give a presentation on bogs, taken from his book Bogs and Fens: A Guide to the Peatland Plants of the Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. The book is a description and exploration of some 25 peat-based New England-area wetlands that can be visited by the public. Dr. Davis's presentation will illustrate the unique features of these bogs and fens that will inspire people to go check them out. He will be signing and selling copies of his book after the program. The cost to attend is $7. Call 224-9909, ext. 313, or visit for more details.
57. The New Hampshire Audubon's Enchanted Forest returns to the McLane Audubon Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord) for two days filled with fall-themed family fun. Activities include following the glowing jack-o-lantern trail into the nighttime forest, encountering larger-than-life creatures and characters as they present a variety of mysterious nature-themed skits, gathering around a campfire for engaging stories, enjoying indoor seasonal games and refreshments, and much more. The festivities will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. All activities are designed for kids and families ages 4 and up, and scout and youth groups are also invited. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $9.50. Group rates are available for scout and youth groups, $140 per group of at least 15 people. Call 224-9909, ext. 313, or visit for more details. 

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